Education is a Reproductive Health Issue.

Everyone -women, girls, men, boys– benefits from learning about their bodies, health, and rights. For women and girls, feeling in control of their health is especially important as the consequences of not knowing what care is available or where to get it can be incredibly dangerous. This is why UNFPA works to provide every person with comprehensive sexuality education, regardless of their socioeconomic status, sex, gender, sexual orientation,…

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Ashley Judd, UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, shows the difference lifesaving health care can make

Donate to UNFPA’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo What happened to Ashley in the Congo Ashley Judd, an American actress, activist, and UNFPA Goodwill Ambassador, suffered a horrific accident on February 12, 2020 while researching endangered bonobos in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She tripped over a fallen tree and broke her leg in four places. She also suffered nerve damage. Judd described…

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Reformed cutters protect the next generation from female genital mutilation in Kenya

TAMUGH, WEST POKOT COUNTY, Kenya – More than 10,000 girls over 30 years. That’s how many girls three women here cut in female genital mutilation rituals – almost one girl a day, every day, spanning three decades.  Now in their 70s, Chepchongil , Kokarupe and Methani are female genital mutilation…

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Dollars and Sense: The Economics of Violence Against Women

Last week, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez shared that she is a survivor of sexual assault. She also explained how that trauma has stayed with her and compounded over time. Sadly, far too many women know exactly what Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is talking about.   1 in 3 women will experience violence at the hands of a…

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Black Her-story Month: Women leaders in their communities and our world

Black History Month is a time of remembrance, celebration, and recognition for all that Black people have accomplished and suffered throughout history. We cannot speak of the contributions of Martin Luther King Jr., Sojourner Truth, Jackie Robinson, Rosa Parks, Barak Obama, or countless others, without contextualizing their experience in the discrimination, violence, and oppression they faced.   Still today, the legacy of colonization and…

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Ask the Expert: Sarah Craven on Renewed U.S. Support for UNFPA

Sarah Craven is the Director of UNFPA’s Washington D.C. office, where she works with American leaders on supporting essential sexual and reproductive health. She answered our questions about what the Biden-Harris Administration’s renewed support for UNFPA means for women and girls everywhere:  FOU: What does renewed U.S. support mean for UNFPA’s work? What does it mean for women and…

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Statement: Friends of UNFPA Welcomes the Renewal of U.S. Funding for UNFPA

Friends of UNFPA welcomes the Biden-Harris administration’s decision to renew U.S. funding for UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. U.S. Government support of UNFPA’s lifesaving work means more women will receive access to the care they need in order to survive childbirth, plan their families,…

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Survivors of FGM, No Matter What

What is female genital mutilation?  Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a harmful practice where girls’ vulvas are cut, pierced, or otherwise altered. There are different types of FGM, ranging from the full or partial removal of the clitoris to the removal and repositioning of the labia over the vaginal opening. FGM often happens as part of a religious or cultural…

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PRESS RELEASE: Renewed U.S. Support for UNFPA

For immediate release: In a statement released on January 28, 2021, Friends of UNFPA welcomed the Biden-Harris Administration’s promise of renewed support for UNFPA, the United Nations sexual and reproductive health and rights agency. However, the organization emphasized the overwhelming need for all sectors of American society to support of…

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Women in Mongolia escape domestic violence during pandemic

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia – When Dulam* first sought help from a center in northern Mongolia, she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. For years, she had experienced violence by her husband – as had her four children, aged 2-16. Dulam, now 38, hid the violence from family and friends for…

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